Many major metropolitan cities use Nixle, said Cole, and it seems to work for them so he doesn't see how it would hurt to try. He cited a few recent incidents that may have benefited from this service.
"We received a phone call but no report of an Alzheimer's patient struck by car on the Northway and killed. They had apparently left the house several hours before the incident and Nixle could have helped alert the public. We're constantly taking reports of missing or endangered persons. If we get that report we can use Nixle to get that information out right away, along with photo if we have one available, and people won't have to wait to hear it on the news or read about it; we can help save a life immediately," said Cole. "If roads have closures or a tanker rolls over we can tell people to take a detour."
Nixle.com is a secure site and will cost the department nothing to use. The only cost to the subscriber is any standard text messaging rate that may apply to them. Cole said he encourages residents to check out the site and said it's a short and simple process.